Analyzing a Small French ECM Model

  • Jean-Louis Brillet
Part of the Advances in Computational Economics book series (AICE, volume 6)


We have used the structure of a preexisting small model of the French economy, and adapted it to an ECM format. The new model should
  • present more explicit formulations

  • have better stabilized properties

  • separate the long term formulation and the short term dynamics

  • give results easier to interpret

  • but still be usable for policy analysis.

We start by presenting the properties of the standard model. Then we apply in sequence an ECM format to all econometric equations. This process allows us to introduce interesting improvements, going beyond the scope of this particular model.

We simulate the model over a very long period, observing the existence and specificity of the numerical convergence to a steady state grow path. We analyze the response of the model to shocks, both in the short and long term, associating it to the ECM specifications.

We then build the long term model, analyzing its logical structure, and check the identity of its properties to the normal version. Finally, we analyze the eigenvalues of the linearized dynamic process, associating them to individual dynamics.


Error Correction Model Demand Shock Productive Investment Saving Ratio Term Simulation 
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